CCNP Data Center candidates should have three to five years of experience implementing data center solutions and a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.
CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate
CCNA - Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions v1.0
DCFNDU - Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations v1.0
Core Exam (required):
Concentration Exams (choose one):
CCIE Data Center
- DCCOR - Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies v1.1
- DCID - Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure v7.0
- DCIT - Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure v7.0
- DCACI - Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure v1.1
- DCMDS-Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches v3.5
- DCAUI - Implementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions v1.1
- Cisco Platinum Learning Library: Data Center
CCNP certification is valid for three years.
Certification holders can recertify by:
- Passing one technology core exam
- Passing any two professional concentration exams
- Passing one CCIE lab exam
- Earning 80 continuing education credits
The recertification requirements must be met prior to the certification expiration date. Individuals with expired certifications must repeat the entire certification exam process in order to regain their certification status. Learn more at the Cisco website.